This is the home page for complete genome sequences of haloarchaeal microorganisms studied by the DasSarma laboratory. The organisms listed here can grow at high salinity and are members of the archaeal branch of life, and have been studied using comparative genomics techniques. This database is reported in the following publications: DasSarma et al. Saline Systems 2010, 6:12, Capes et al. Plasmid 2011, 65:77, and Capes et al. BMC Genomics 2012, 13:39.

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OrganismDatePhysiology/EcologyGenome Size
Halobacterium sp. NRC-1 2000 Extreme halophile, facultative anaerobe and phototroph, from salted food 2.6 Mbp
Haloarcula marismortui 2004 Metabolically versatile extreme halophile from the Dead Sea 4.3 Mbp
Natronomonas pharaonis 2005 Alkaliphilic extreme halophile from soda lake 2.8 Mbp
Haloquadratum walsbyi 2006 Square-shaped extreme halophile from solar saltern 3.2 Mbp
Haloferax volcanii 2006 Moderate halophile, prototroph, from Dead Sea mud 4.0 Mbp
Halorubrum lacusprofundi 2007 Cold-adapted halophile from Antarctic lake 3.7 Mbp
Halomicrobium mukohataei 2009 Rod shaped halophile from soil of salt flat in Jujuy, Argentina 3.3 Mbp
Halorhabdus utahensis 2009 Pleomorphic extreme halophile from sediment of Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA 3.1 Mbp
Halogeometricum borinquense 2009 Pleomorphic extreme halophile from waters of solar saltern in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico 3.9 Mbp
Haloarcula hispanica 2011 PHA producing extreme halophile from Spanish solar saltern 3.9 Mbp

Search all the genomes or click above for a specific organism. To go to our companion education website, click to go to HaloEd. Other haloarchaeal genomes are available at NCBI.